eBay Tips 2008: Marketing Off-eBay

Whether or not you take any trading off-eBay, there is a potentially huge opportunity for you in taking some of your marketing away from eBay. 10% of the UK’s internet traffic settles on eBay. But 90% of it is buzzing elsewhere. You might be simply promoting your eBay Shop or pimping your own website, it doesn’t matter. There’s plenty you can do for free and only invest a few moments.

Build Profiles
There are dozens of sites out there that allow you to build a profile or page on, dedicated to you. The sites have their own communities and allow you to link you to your own site. It’s an opportunity to get a bit of ‘trickledown traffic’ and get an SEO boost. Here are a few sites for you to consider:

LinkedIN
Ziki
Squidoo
Last.fm
BT Tradespace

Plug into the Social Networks

Facebook is enjoying an irresistible rise. Myspace isn’t going away. Bebo is still popular. And we’ll see more such sites rise in the years to come.

It’s about following the traffic, getting involved, participating and measuring the results. I’ve heard some good stories from sellers who tell me that they’re getting good results. So take the plunge and see if you get any good results. Just remember that there is a fine line between ‘networking’ and ‘not working’.

Comment on Blogs
Blogs have become ubiquitous in the past few years and commenting on blogs has it’s own marketing benefits. Identify 3 to 5 busy blogs and make valid contributions. Make sure you link to your eBay Shop or website to get the benefits. Relevance is everything and be sure to measure the results.

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